Help on Transpose

Use Song Transpose to transpose and format song files written in plain text format with an editor such as Notepad. It is assumed that lines of chord names are above lines of lyrics. E.g.,
|D      Bm     |Em      A#7  A7 | 
At last,            my love has 
You can use Song Transpose to enhance text formatting with options for font size, single or double columns, chord names in bold print, and extra line space between lines. New files in HTML or RTF (Word) format are created.

Check out the sample songs by selecting "Sample Songs" from the menu. Ensure text other than chords or special characters is not included in the chord lines. When editing a song chart with a text editor such as Notepad, using a mono-spaced such as Courier or 'Lucida Console' helps keep text in line.

Lyric lines are normally unchanged. To transpose a chord in a lyric line, use the _ character before the chord letter; e.g., 'This song is in _Eb'. To prevent a line from being transposed, start it with an exclamation point. This is useful for lines of guitar tab notation.

Use "Select Song File" to open a chart in plain text format (.txt file). If you want to keep the original version, use the "File Name Addition" to add something like "C" and select "Copy File". You'll now be working with the filename-C.txt version.

Transpose Section

You can use either of two methods to transpose a song file. To move it up or down a certain number of semitones (half steps or one fret on a guitar), select the number with the "Semitones" drop down list and press "Tranpose Up" or "Transpose Down" button. To transpose from one key to another, use the "From" and "To" drop downs to select the keys, then "Transpose Song File". Some of the items show two keys, such as "Gb F#", since these are both the same note.

Press "Edit Text" to see the new version in the default text editor, such as Notepad. For the keys of E and A, you usually want sharps (#) rather than flats (b). To change the song, select "Display Sharps" and then "Convert Sharps/Flats".

Format Section

This section allows you to create webpage format (HTML) or Word document format (RTF). Specify the font size, bold option, space between lines, indent, and 1 or 2 column format. Press one of the "Create" buttons, then the corresponding "View" button to see the results. Two column format might be useful to display on a wide laptop screen, allowing the whole song to fit.

SetList Section

This section is used to create several song charts in one step. Use the "Set List..." button on the lower right to get to this dialog.

You might need 22 charts for an evening performance, for example. One step creates all of the HTML or RTF files and another also combines them into a single HTML or RTF file. Create a text file with one song file per line as the setlist file. For example, setlist.txt might contain...

One way to create a set list is to use the "Create Set List" button, which will allow you to select a folder. A list will be created using all the text files in the folder. Then you can edit the list to delete some songs or reorder the list.

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